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Courvoisier

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$180

Courvoisier
XO Cognac

Category: XO Cognac

Date Tasted:
Country: France
Alcohol: 40%
Dark amber color. Aromas and flavors of old french library, grilled pineapple, nuts, stewed fruits, and flakey butter pastries, and sweet orange turkish tobacco with a chewy, bright, dry medium-to-full body and a warming, elegant, long finish that shows notes of sauteed mushroom with a red fruit compote, forest floor, and figgy toffee pudding. Rich dark red fruits and nuts with that pleasantly funky umami that only comes with age.

Tasting Info

Spirits Glass Style: Rich & Full
Aroma Aroma: old french library, grilled pineapple, nuts, stewed fruits, and flakey butter pastries, and sweet orange turkish tobacco
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of sauteed mushroom with a red fruit compote, forest floor, and figgy toffee pudding
Smoothness Smoothness: Warming
Enjoy Enjoy: in cocktails, neat, on the rocks, with cigars and with drops of water
Cocktail Cocktails: Sidecar, Brandy Crusta, Champs-Élysées
Bottom Line Bottom Line: Rich dark red fruits and nuts with that pleasantly funky umami that only comes with age.

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Their Portfolio

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92 Courvoisier XO Cognac 40% (France) $180.00.
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XO Cognac

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Serve in a Snifter
X.O. (or extra old) Cognacs previously required a minimum of six years aging for the youngest cognac in the blend, with the average age running 20 years or older. All Cognac houses maintain inventories of old vintage Cognacs to use in blending these top of the line brands. The oldest Cognacs are removed from their casks in time and stored in glass demijohns (large jugs) to prevent further loss from evaporation and to limit excessively woody and astringent flavors.

As of 2016, according to the official Cognac regulatory agency, BNIC, the minimum component age requirement for X.O. Cognac must be 10 years from 2016 onwards. In practice many Cognac houses and brands had been at or above the 10 year requirement for their X.O. expressions, but this is now the legal requirement.